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Rolling Stone Asks Columbia to Investigate Botched UVA Rape Story (FishbowlNY)
Rolling Stone has asked Columbia University to figure out just how badly it botched its UVA rape story. Capital New York The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism will conduct an independent investigation into the reporting process of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s feature on sexual assault at the University of Virginia. HuffPost Rolling Stone apologized on Dec. 5 after several news organizations revealed problems in contributing editor Erdely’s article. However, the magazine has not fully retracted the story. Since the apology, Rolling Stone editors and Erdely have declined to comment on the article, citing an internal review process. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Washington Post and other publications have been re-reporting the events described in the piece and have found several striking inconsistencies, including that several people quoted in the article were never actually contacted by the magazine and that the accused rapists were also never contacted. NYT Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s editor and publisher, said that the review would be led by Steve Coll, the journalism school’s dean, and Sheila Coronel, the dean of academic affairs, and that it would evaluate “the editorial process that led to the publication of the story.” The report will be published unedited and in its entirety on Rolling Stone’s website, and excerpts will appear in the magazine.

FCC Stops Clock on Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner Cable (THR)
The FCC has potentially delayed approval — or denial — of the Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable again, this time citing missing paperwork. Deadline TWC said it had discovered 31,000 responsive documents it had not produced for the commission. The cable company cited vendor error and that it would have the docs to the FCC by Dec. 30. After FCC staff in a letter “expressed concern about the delays in production of the missing documents and the privilege log,” TWC said it would produce the docs Monday. Re/code Earlier this month, Time Warner Cable lawyers told the FCC that roughly 7,000 pages of documents the agency had asked for had been inadvertently withheld because of what the FCC is calling an “inappropriate claim of attorney-client privilege.” The agency stopped its informal shot clock for considering the deal on Monday, saying it will restart on Jan. 12. WSJ The delay sets the merger review process back another three weeks. Already, the process was delayed by two months due to an unrelated standoff between the FCC and major TV channel owners over the confidentiality of their contracts with the cable operators. That matter is being litigated in a federal appellate court in D.C.

North Korean Internet Goes Dark, A U.S. Government Attack ‘Would Be Way Worse’ (Bloomberg)
North Korea’s limited access to the Internet was restored after being cut off for hours Monday, days after the U.S. government accused the country of hacking into Sony Corp.’s files. The connection, which can be patchy, was restored after a nearly 10-hour outage, Dyn Research said on Twitter Monday. NYT Over the weekend, as North Korean officials demanded a “joint investigation” into the Sony attacks and denied culpability — an assertion the U.S. rejected — Internet service began to get wobbly. By early Monday, the Internet went as dark as one of those satellite photographs showing the impoverished country by night. Experts who monitor the health of the global Internet called it one of the worst North Korean network failures in years. Mashable This comes on the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would launch a “proportional response” to the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, for which the FBI believes North Korea is responsible. The anonymous group that took credit for the hack said it attacked Sony in response to The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. WSJ The U.N. Security Council put North Korea’s human-rights record on its regular agenda after China failed to block the first meeting on Monday, following U.S. accusations against Pyongyang for the hacking attack against Sony.